Thursday, March 19, 2020

To Father, R. Joseph Rodriguez

            after the ICU
after the velorio
after the rosary
after the mass
after the burial
at the camposanto
you wave adiós
you rise as a traveler
onto the next world now
seeking more tranquility
 and refills for your coldest
     most favored brews
    and aged brandies

R. Joseph Rodríguez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His most recent book project is titled This Is Our Summons Now, a poetry collection. Joseph is coeditor of English Journal. He lives in Austin, Texas. Follow him @escribescribe.

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